Skokomish Tribe sues the state of Washington over hunting rights

The Kitsap Sun released an article recently about the Skokomish Tribe filing a lawsuit against the state of Washington over hunting rights.

The suit involves tribal rights to hunt on “open and unclaimed lands”.

From the story:

The lawsuit claims that actions by state agencies and officials have denied tribal members access to their legitimate hunting areas. Furthermore, state officials have imposed civil and criminal sanctions on tribal members and promoted a “discriminatory scheme” of hunting regulations that favor non-Indians, the suit says.

The lawsuit asks the federal court to define the extent of the tribe’s hunting and gathering rights, identify the territory where the tribe may operate, confirm the tribe’s “exclusive and co-concurrent management authority” and declare a tribal allocation for game, roots and berries.